Sunday, 23 October 2011

USA Trip Part Thirteen: The Pelican Brief

This is my penultimate post from my USA trip and i have saved one of my favourite birds of the trip until the end. The Brown Pelican is the smallest of the 8 species of Pelican and we saw the Californian sub-species all along the California coastline from San Francisco all the way down to Las Angeles. The Brown Pelican has been threatened by many issues in the past including DDT and various crude oil spills but is having a comeback and numbers are now stable. All the Pelicans we observed had moulted into winter plumage with the adults having white heads and the juveniles brown.

Observing these prehistoric looking birds was always a treat, they are very confiding as they rest up around human populated areas such as piers and docks and i feel that with this species i managed to capture more of a range of photos than any other i encountered during the trip, i feel that i have a group of images to be proud of so here they are!

1 comment:

  1. An absolutely brilliant and varied selection.